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2014 Report Cards: Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015), as of Jan 12, 2015.

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Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.

Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most conservative
#1 1.00 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#2 0.92 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#3 0.89 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#4 0.89 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#5 0.87 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#6 0.86 Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK, 2005-2014]
#7 0.84 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#8 0.84 Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA, 2003-2014]
#9 0.83 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#10 0.79 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#11 0.79 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#12 0.76 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#13 0.75 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#14 0.72 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#15 0.70 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#16 0.68 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#17 0.63 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#18 0.58 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#19 0.51 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#20 0.44 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#21 0.32 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#22 0.30 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#23 0.29 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#24 0.28 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#25 0.26 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#26 0.22 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#27 0.18 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#28 0.18 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#29 0.16 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#30 0.15 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#31 0.14 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#32 0.14 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#33 0.13 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#34 0.13 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#35 0.12 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#36 0.11 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#37 0.09 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#38 0.09 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#39 0.09 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#40 0.04 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#41 0.02 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
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For more, see our methodology. An ideology score is not computed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills or who have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable statistics. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.